Track champions greeted with ovation from hundreds of fans

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

As senior triple and long jumper Andrea Geubelle stepped onto James Naismith Court carrying aloft the NCAA women’s track and field championship trophy, flanked by teammates and coaches following close behind, a Sunday afternoon crowd of about 300 stood and cheered the first NCAA championship team in the history of KU women’s athletics. Buoyed by enthusiastic standing ovations, Geubelle told the crowd, “You guys have been amazing teammates. There’s no way we could have done this without you. My four years at KU have been the best of my life, and I will never forget this one.”

KU women’s track stormed to a dominant victory at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, leading after each of the meet’s three days and sealing a 16-point victory Saturday afternoon at the legendary Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

“This is such a big deal,” said vertical jumps coach Tom Hays, himself a former Jayhawk pole vaulter in the 1980s. “The question I have is, are we going to get to go to the White House?”

For complete coverage of the 2013 NCAA champions, see the July issue of Kansas Alumni magazine.

Next up for the top Jayhawks is the USA Championships, June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

–Chris Lazzarino

Watch a video from Sunday’s welcome home celebration below:

Video by Dan Storey

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